Curl to exapnd short url

2022-01-09 105 words 1 min read

Many times I receive short urls in mail and other places like chats and messages. I first like to see the destination before I click on the url. I was looking for some way to do this in bash. I realized that this could be very simply done by looking at the Location header in the response from curl.


curl -I|grep location

and the output should be something like


and if you would like to simplify this, then you can use the following

curl -I 2>&1 |awk '/location/{print $2}'

and this will print only the final url.

Tags: Learning bash

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Authored By Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal, Linux and Photography are my hobbies.Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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